Perils of Ripping on Sandy Soils

GRDC - Author: Therese McBeath (CSIRO) and Michael Moodie (Frontier Farming System and Mallee Sustainable Farming)

Type: Research Paper
Knowledge level: Advanced

Farm Table says:

The authors of this paper note in the conclusion: “Growers and researchers are trying to improve the seedbed following ripping using a range of options including; press wheel design, ripping at an angle to seeding direction, and implementing a controlled or semi-controlled traffic situation where important wheel tracks are left un-ripped. Different seeding bar setups influence how successful seeding is in deep ripped paddocks.”. Please access the full paper via the link below if this research interests you.

Perils of Ripping on Sandy Soils- What Can Be Learnt From Hindsight?

The take home messages from this GRDC  funded research are below. Please access the full paper via the link below for methodology, references, acknowledgements and discussion.

  • Know what problem you are trying to solve with ripping.
  • Year 1 benefits averaged 0.6t/ha but predicting the longevity of the ripping effect is not easy.
  • Managing the seedbed on ripped soils requires special attention.

2020 - Australia - GRDC - Author: Therese McBeath (CSIRO) and Michael Moodie (Frontier Farming System and Mallee Sustainable Farming)
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